ADRIAN, Mich. – Devyn Fitzhenry followed up Kelsey Kusch's shot for the overtime winning goal against the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Friday night. The Bulldogs (20-5-1) won the first of the weekend games, 3-2, against the visiting Pointers (11-12-3) in the first round of the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association O'Brien Cup.
The game looked like it might have been a cakewalk after Adrian went up, 2-0, less than three minutes into the game, but the pesky Pointers rallied to take the game into overtime.
Stevens Point outshot Adrian, 19-9, in the first period; but the Bulldogs would carry a 2-1 intermission lead. Kristin Maton scored her third of the year on the power play to put Adrian up, 1-0, just over a minute into the contest. Danielle Smith and Alix Vallee assisted on the goal.
Kusch scored less than two minutes later again on the power play for an early 2-0 Adrian lead. Smith and Vallee assisted on Kusch's 20th goal of the season.
Stevens Point would draw within a goal by scoring on the power play with just 19 seconds left in the first period, and would tie the game midway through the second period.
Both teams would play the third period close to the vest with no scoring.
Then, 1:42 into the overtime, Fitzhenry would net her 10th from Kusch and Vallee to give Adrian the 3-2 win.
Vallee would factor on each Adrian goal collecting three helpers on the night, while Smith and Kusch would finish with two points apiece.
Brittany Zeches made 33 saves in the win, her 17th of the season. Adrian held the edge in shots, 38-35; and the Bulldogs' power play went 2-for-4 on the night.
Both teams will resume the playoff series tomorrow at 2 p.m.